#21. The Ride Along (1)

Published: 6.05.2017
Level 4   |   Time: 4:10
Accent: American
Source: Friends [S5 E20]

Joey, Ross and Chandler ride in a police car with their police officer friend.


triangle Directions

  1. REVIEW the vocabulary / background.
  2. WATCH the video.
  3. ANSWER the questions.
  4. CHECK your answers. (Show Answers)

triangle Vocabulary

  • lean on (someone) [phv] - push someone to make them talk
  • crack (someone) [v] - make someone talk or tell a secret
  • marinara sauce [n] - a spicy tomato sauce
  • tax dollars [n] - the money you pay to the government
  • return (someone's) call [exp] - call someone back
  • squeeze (someone) [v] - push someone to make them talk
  • perp [phv] - a perpetrator (slang for criminal)
  • lawyer up [phv] - hire a lawyer
  • undercover [adj] - doing secret work
  • Serpico [p] - a tough police officer from a 1970s movie
  • go down [phv] - happen
  • car backfire [n] - an explosion from a car engine (from the exhaust)

[n] - noun,  [p] - person,  [v] - verb, [phv] - phrasal verb,  [adj] - adjective,  [exp] - expression

triangle Background

picture picture picture
Ross Joey Chandler
  • Gary is a police officer.
  • Joey, Ross and Chandler are doing a "ride along" with Gary.
  • Monica is Chandler's girlfriend and Ross's sister.

triangle Questions

  1. Who was Gary talking to before the video started? (0:14)
    a criminal
    a victim of a crime
    another police officer

  2. What did Chandler tell Ross the red police light is called? (0:23)
    a light
    a berry
    a cherry

  3. What is the red police light called? (0:23)
    a light
    a berry
    a cherry

  4. What ingredients does Joey's sandwich have? (0:39)
    melted cheese
    marinara sauce

  5. How many sandwiches did Joey buy? (0:45)

  6. Why does Gary tell Joey that he can't eat the sandwich in his car? (0:45)
    Because Joey only bought one.
    Because the sandwich smells bad.
    Because Joey might make a mess in Gary's car.

  7. What does Chandler suggest when he says, "Your tax dollars?" (0:55)
    Joey is a hard worker.
    Joey rarely pays tax.
    Joey is greedy.

  8. What does Joey tell Chandler not to do? (1:10)
    smell his sandwich
    talk to anyone
    use the red police light

  9. What does Joey compare the sandwich to? (1:30)
    great sex

  10. Who is Gary going to surprise? (1:45)
    a witness whom he can't contact
    a criminal who might have a gun
    his real police partner

  11. Why does Ross think that he is more of a police officer than Joey and Chandler? (2:11)
    Because he has the red police light.
    Because he is in the front seat.
    Because he is carrying a gun.

  12. Why does Gary want Ross to turn off the red police light? (2:27)
    Because it is distracting him from driving.
    Because they are undercover.
    Because the batteries might die.

  13. Who does Ross pretend to be when he puts the light under his shirt? (2:40)
    a police officer
    a criminal

  14. Why does Ross move to the back seat? (2:44)
    because he was talking too much
    because he couldn't turn off the light
    because he was scared

  15. What document does Gary want the guys to sign? (3:01)
    a waiver in case they get injured
    a menu card to order more food
    an application form to join the police

  16. What instructions does Gary give to the guys? (3:15)
    Don't look at the man.
    Don't move.
    Don't talk.
    Don't turn on the light.

  17. What do the guys think the loud sound is? (3:24)
    a gun
    a car backfire

  18. What was the loud sound? (3:41)
    a gun
    a car backfire

  19. What does Joey do when he hears the loud sound? (3:26)
    He covers Ross.
    He covers Chandler.
    He protects himself.

  20. How does Gary react when he sees Joey's action? (3:43)
    He is angry at Joey.
    He is proud of Joey.
    He is worried about Ross.

triangle Script

Ross: That was so cool man, the way you leaned on that guy.

Chandler: It is starting to get dark out there.

Ross: He told you everything! I mean you totally cracked him!

Gary: Yeah well, being that he was the victim, they're usually pretty talkative.

Chandler: Okay. But it is officially nighttime.

Ross: Oh hey, Gary, want me to grab the berry for ya?

Gary: It's called the cherry.

Ross: It's the...Chandler!!

Joey: Okay, I got it! This place makes the best sandwich in the world!

Gary: Hey Joe does it have meatballs on it?

Joey: Oh-ho, yeah!

Gary: Does it have melted cheese and marinara sauce?

Joey: Yep!

Gary: Yeah, you can't eat that in my car.

Joey: Yeah okay. Even though my tax dollars paid for this car.

Chandler: Your tax dollars?

Joey: Yeah, okay.

Chandler: Wow! That sandwich really does smell good.

Joey: Did I say you could smell it?!

Chandler: I can't smell your sandwich?

Joey: Half the taste is in the smell! You-you're sucking up all the tastiness!

Chandler: Okay, I'll give them back. Look! What is so great about that sandwich?

Joey: Okay, imagine the best sex you've ever had.

Chandler: Okay.

Joey: Are you thinking about Monica?

Chandler: Yeah.

Joey: Yeah, what's that like?

Ross: So where are we going next?

Gary: This witness won't return my calls so we're gonna see if we can surprise him coming home.

Chandler: Sur-surprise him? We're not, we're not gonna make anybody mad are we?

Joey: Come on man! Listen so uh, are you gonna squeeze the perps shoes a little bit before he lawyers up?

Gary: It's a witness not a perp. And no one talks like that!

Ross: Yeah, no one talks like that!

Joey: Oh what? Like your Mr. Cop!

Ross: Hey, I'm more cop than you two!

Chandler: How do you figure that?

Ross: Hello! I'm in the front seat, okay? I'm Gary's partner!

Chandler: Y'know, when you say partner it doesn't sound cop. It, it sounds gay.

Ross: Umm, jealous!

Gary: Hey, do you mind? We're under cover here.

Ross: Yeah, no problem.

Gary: Ross!

Ross: Sorry! Sorry! Oh, there! Hey Gary, who am I? Phone home!

Chandler: Look at Officer Ross riding back here with the visitors.

Joey: Yeah, what's up with that Serpico?

Chandler: Okay, y'know, we-we're safe right? I mean nothing bad can go down!

Gary: No. But that reminds me, sign this.

Ross: What is it?

Gary: Oh it's nothing, it just says that you can't sue the city if you scrape your knee or y'know, get your head blown off.

Chandler: Oh, hurry up. I want to sign that.

Gary: Okay, here he comes. What is he doing? What the hell is he doing?!

Ross: What? What? What? What is it?

Joey: Is everything okay?

Chandler: What's going on?

Gary: Okay, he sees us. Now don't move. Don't look at him.

Gary: Hey, it's okay. It was just a car backfire. Hey, look at that! You tried to save your buddy. You see that? You see what he did?

Joey: You okay man?

Ross: Uh-huh. Thank Joey!

Chandler: Uh, HELLO!!

Joey: Hi.

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